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Winners: Rhys and Carol St. Martin, followed by Judge Judy, Tall Paul, Almond Joy and Christine.

Nurse Christine makes the podium because she made us all feel better tonight when she also missed the anatomy questions. Darin, our quiz master, decided she would rather play grandma with baby Ryan Ann and so there were no answer sheets, which made life very difficult for moderator Mike.

Many of tonight’s questions were so difficult and obscure that cousin Mark, who came all the way from Detroit for the game, quit halfway and said, “I’m not taking this anymore.” But he did like the cookies.

Good Question!: Which boxer defeated Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden in March 1971?

Choices: a. Sonny Liston   b. Larry Holmes   c. Gerry Cooney   d. Joe Frazier

Answer: Smokin’ Joe Frazier

A few sports buffs remembered that it was Joe Frazier who beat Muhammad Ali in his first fight after being released from prison, a fight known as “The Fight of the Century.” But no one believed that fight at Madison Square Garden happened almost 50 years ago! I remember it like it was just yesterday.

The Fight of the Century (also known as The Fight) is the title boxing writers and historians have given to the boxing match between WBC/WBA heavyweight champion Joe Frazier (26–0, 23 KOs) and Ring magazine/lineal heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (31–0, 25 KOs), held on Monday, March 8, 1971, at Madisn square Garden in NYC. Frazier won in 15 rounds via unanimous decision. It was the first time that two undefeated boxers fought each other for the heavyweight title.

Here’s a condensed version – 15 rounds in 15 minutes.

 

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Winners: Rhys and Donna; 2nd place-Rosebud & Judy

Wait a minute, no man on the winner’s podium? Yes indeed, it was Ladies Night @ Tuesday Night Trivia with two ladies, Rhys & Donna overdue for a win. The guys were embarrassed and vowed to do better next week. Maybe then they will know that cyan is the Greek root for the color blue, and that the German word for potato is Kartoffel..

Good Question!: What do both Vito and Michael Corleone have in their hands moments before they die?

Choices:  a. a gun  b. a pizza   c. an orange   d. a cigar

Answer: an orange

It’s a well-known fact (to some movie buffs, anyway) that oranges represent mortal danger in The Godfather world. Vito Corleone buys oranges just before he is ambushed, and a cascade of oranges spills onto the sidewalk as he is shot. At the end of the first film, he cuts up an orange minutes before his death. Sonny Corleone passes a large billboard advertising orange juice just before being gunned down at a tollbooth. Every scene showing a mafia conference has oranges in it somewhere. Every mafia figure is shown handling an orange at some point — usually just before a violent scene. And at the end of it all, in the last scene of the last Godfather movie, Michael Corleone drops an orange at the moment of death.

Enough with the talk, let’s watch a few clips – first the opening scene from the original Godfather, then a classic scene from Godfather III, and finally, the oranges:

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Winner: Rhys

An unexpectedly large turnout for a game only two nights before Thanksgiving and a rough night for all the players not up on their current events. Rhys was due for a win and led from start to finish, followed closely by Rosebud and David.

Tonight we learned that it took 66 days for the Mayflower to travel across the Atlantic ocean and that “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was written by J.K. Rowling, and looks to be a fine follow up to “Harry Potter.”

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Good Question!: What Hindu festival involves people throwing colored powders on to each other?

Choices: a. Holi  b. Durga Puja   c. Diwali   d. Navratri

NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 27: Foreign tourists enjoying Holi celebration near Malviya Nagar market on March 27, 2013 in New Delhi, India. Holi, festival of color is Hindu religious festival also called Basantotsav or spring festival as it mark the arrival of spring. People gather together to play colors, sing and dance to traditional tunes and eat sweets specially Gujiyas. (Photo by Ahmer Khan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI, INDIA – MARCH 27: Foreign tourists enjoying Holi celebration near Malviya Nagar market on March 27, 2013 in New Delhi, India. Holi, festival of color is Hindu religious festival also called Basantotsav or spring festival as it mark the arrival of spring. People gather together to play colors, sing and dance to traditional tunes and eat sweets specially Gujiyas. (Photo by Ahmer Khan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

 

Answer: Holi

Here is an authentic, unedited history of “Holi”

The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renews sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi”

Holi celebration begins with lighting up of bonfire on the Holi eve. Numerous legends & stories associated with Holi celebration makes the festival more exuberant and vivid. People rub ‘gulal’ and ‘abeer’ on each others’ faces and cheer up saying, “bura na maano Holi hai”. Holi also gives a wonderful chance to send blessings and love to dear ones wrapped in a special Holi gifts.

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Winners: Rhys, Rosebud, Cookie, and Droppin’

A night of firsts – MikeP acted as guest moderator and we had 4 players tie for first place. Each winner received a MainStreetCafe $15 gift certificate – not bad!

At the end of the evening Mike said: “Wow, This is way tougher than it looks. Daphne better come back soon.” Someone noted that all 4 winners were seated next to each other at one corner of the bar. That may bear watching or maybe it’s just sour grapes.

Droppin’, our marine surveyor was all over the question about “punk” wood – light, flaky wood due to rot or fungal attack. Most of the rest of us just thought it was a punk question. Mike is still trying to figure out how to pronounce “oophorectomy”, but now we know it means the removal of one or both ovaries.

Good Question!: In 2014 German coastal authorities reportedly introduced various bans and dimensional limits limits for:

Choices: a. inflatables      b. bar signs      c. sand castles      d. goal posts

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Answer: Sand Castles

Why you might ask. I know I did.

German authorities are banning the building of sandcastles at beaches in case they fall over and injure people or block the path of emergency services.

Some beaches on the islands of Fehman and Sylt have imposed a total ban on the structures, while Sieksdorf and Neustadt allow sandcastles, provided they do not exceed four metres (13ft) in diameter. Beaches at Kellenhusen and Grossenbrode impose a three metre (10ft) restriction, with all beaches restricting height to 50cm (20 inches).

According to lifeguards, the beaches need to be kept clear for ambulances in case of emergencies, and there are also concerns that the structures could collapse. Whatever.

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Winners: Droppin’, FrankC, the Driver, and Rhys

A good size crowd of trivia fans were greeted with an Octo -themed game this week.  Octoberfest, Octomom, Pieces of Eight, and Red October all made appearances.  Kudos to Darin for a cohesive quiz.  When all was said and done, the result was a rare four-way tie for first place.  The winners were Droppin’, FrankC, the Driver, and Rhys. The best quip of the night came from Artie during the dollar game.  The question: “Who was the figure portrayed in the famous Rodin sculpture commonly known as “The Thinker”?  The answer turned out to be the poet Dante.  Artie:  “Ah, a poet. Guess he was thinking, “What rhymes with orange’?”

Good question!:
What do the Germans call the people who overindulge at Octoberfest and are seen passed out on the grounds?

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Answer: Bierleichen  (beer corpses)

Apparently it is a common sight in Munich this time of year for early risers to discover what resembles a battlefield filled with corpses – the drunks sleeping it off.  The amount of beer consumed over the course of the roughly two week festival is truly staggering, in every sense. More than seven million liters are consumed during the festival.  All of the beer is brewed in Munich, and is at least 6% alcohol.

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Unsurprisingly, the  party can get out of hand on occasion, and in recent years there have been measures taken to preserve some decorum.  Music is limited to folk and classical during the daylight hours, and kept below 85 decibels.  Smoking has been banned in the tents, but unfortunately this rule had the unintended consequence of unmasking the stench of old spilled beer that soaks the ground.  But there is still no limit on how much beer an  individual can consume.  No legal limit, that is.  The bierleichen are mute testimony of another limit.

Celebrities Enjoy this Year’s Oktoberfest

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Models Micaela Schäfer and Janina Youssefian fool around for the cameras.

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Boris Becker (remember him?) and wife Lilly

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Bloggers Note: this week’s special guest blogger – Droppin’ Dave. Thanks

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Winner: Droppin’

With both Darin and Daphne away on holiday, Pluto volunteered to serve as moderator tonight. Quelle difference! He congratulated players with an “Atta Boy!”, and a pat on the back when they got a question right; and consoled them with a hug when they missed one. Pluto allowed players time to think, to talk among themselves, and even permittted bathroom breaks. What a pleasant change of pace from the mean Mistress Daphne.

Tonight, in the games final rounds, winner Droppin’ was almost overtaken by newcomer Rhys , who has shown these past few weeks that she will be a competitive player. Frankee, a newly minted college graduate, joined us tonight along with his dad, FrankC and a table of players. Bea was the best at that table tonight, once again beating FrankC.

We learned some important stuff tonight, none more important than the fact that sperm can remain active for 2-5 days. So be careful out there!

Good Question!:
What Madonna music video was banned from MTV for being too racy?

Choices: Vogue  –  Justify My Love  –  Like  a Virgin  –  Erotica

Answer: Justify My Love

Not a lot of Madonna fans here and no one answered this one correctly.

I’m going to include all 4 videos so you can make your own judgment. Besides it’s probably better than watching the Muts try to play baseball.

First is “Justify My Love”,  followed by Vogue, Like  a Virgin, and Erotica.

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